The Instant Pot has revolutionized home cooking, making it quick and convenient to prepare delicious meals. However, if you’ve ever used an Instant Pot, you know that keeping it clean can be a bit of a challenge, especially when it comes to cleaning the rim. The tight spaces and hard-to-reach areas can be frustrating to tackle. But fear not! In this blog post, we’re here to help you discover the best tool for effectively cleaning the rim of your Instant Pot.

Maintaining cleanliness and hygiene in the rim area of your Instant Pot is crucial for several reasons. Over time, food debris, oils, and residue can accumulate, affecting the performance of your appliance and potentially compromising food safety. Proper cleaning of the rim ensures optimal cooking results and helps prevent the buildup of bacteria or mold.

Now, let’s dive into the world of Instant Pot cleaning tools and find the perfect solution for tackling the rim. We’ll explore various options, discuss their pros and cons, and provide tips and techniques to make the cleaning process a breeze. Say goodbye to stubborn grime and hello to a sparkling clean Instant Pot rim!

5 Reasons to Clean your Instant Pot with the Kitchen Dynamo

  1. Like all e-cloths, the Kitchen Dynamo picks up and traps bacteria. In fact it picks up over 99% of bacteria.  So if you accidentally spilled some raw meat juices into the lip at the top or anywhere on the sides, you can wipe that up easily. No chemical sprays required! Note: If you aren’t familiar with e-cloth and how it works, or aren’t aware of how it removes bacteria, please feel free to leave me your questions in the comments.
  2. The fuzzy fibres fit perfectly into the tight grooves of the top at the pot AND the shaggy fibres pick up food bits and hang on to them.
  3. The Kitchen Dynamo is AMAZING at wiping up grease. Instead of spraying cleanser or soap on your Instant Pot and then having to wipe all that off, just dampen the Dynamo and wipe. If you haven’t tried e-cloth products on grease spatter, you’re in for a very pleasant surprise.
  4. The Kitchen Dynamo has rows of little scrubby fibres that remove stuck-on bits. The scrubbers are safe on all surfaces and won’t scratch the surface of your Instant Pot.
  5. The Dynamo is super absorbent! So if you accidentally spill something inside that groove at the top of your Instant Pot or moisture from the lid drop down into it, you can sop it up easily.

I’ve had my Instant Pot for 3 months now.  I use it at least 3 times a week and thanks to my Kitchen Dynamo, it looks brand new.

I’ve had a lot of positive feedback from people on how much they love the Kitchen Dynamo – unfortunately the comments and reviews were all sent either to my email or to my old website so they’re not here on the blog.  If you love (or hate) the Kitchen Dynamo, please do leave a comment below.

Evaluating Different Tools for Cleaning the Rim

When it comes to cleaning the rim of your Instant Pot, several tools can make the process easier and more effective. In this section, we’ll explore and evaluate different options to help you find the best tool for cleaning the rim of your Instant Pot.

1. Silicone Brushes: Silicone brushes are a popular choice for cleaning the rim due to their soft and flexible bristles. They can easily reach into tight spaces and crevices, removing food particles and residue. Additionally, silicone brushes are heat-resistant and dishwasher-safe, making them a convenient and hygienic option.

2. Small Brushes with Bristles: Small brushes with bristles, such as a narrow bottle brush or a toothbrush, can effectively clean the rim of an Instant Pot. The bristles help loosen stubborn grime and can be maneuvered into tight spots. Look for sturdy bristles that can withstand repeated use and are easy to clean.

3. Q-tips: Q-tips or cotton swabs are handy tools for precise cleaning around the rim of your Instant Pot. They can easily reach narrow areas and corners, allowing you to remove residue or grime effectively. However, they may be less effective for tackling larger areas or heavy buildup.

4. Microfiber Cloth: A microfiber cloth can be a versatile tool for rim cleaning. It can be dampened with warm, soapy water to wipe away dirt and residue. The fine fibers of the cloth are gentle yet effective in capturing particles. However, it may require some maneuvering to reach into narrow gaps.

When choosing a tool, consider factors such as effectiveness, ease of use, durability, and compatibility with your Instant Pot’s material. Each option has its advantages, so finding the tool that works best for your cleaning needs and preferences is essential.

Techniques for Effective Rim Cleaning

Now that you have the right tool in hand, it’s time to learn the techniques to ensure effective rim cleaning on your Instant Pot. Follow these step-by-step instructions to achieve a sparkling clean rim:

1. Prepare Your Cleaning Solution: Start by preparing a solution of warm water and mild dish soap. This gentle mixture will help break down oils and residue on the rim.

2. Dampen Your Cleaning Tool: Whether using a silicone brush, small brush with bristles, q-tips, or a microfiber cloth, dampen it with the soapy water solution. Ensure it’s not dripping wet but has enough moisture to facilitate cleaning.

3. Clean in Circular Motions: Begin cleaning the rim of your Instant Pot by using gentle circular motions. Pay extra attention to any areas with visible grime or buildup. Use the bristles or cloth to scrub away residue, ensuring thorough coverage of the entire rim.

4. Reach into Narrow Spaces: If you’re using a tool like a q-tip or small brush, maneuver it into narrow spaces or corners where food particles tend to accumulate. Be patient and thorough, ensuring you clean every nook and cranny.

5. Rinse and Dry: Once thoroughly clean the rim, rinse your cleaning tool or cloth under running water to remove any remaining residue. Then, wipe the rim with a dry cloth to ensure it’s completely dry. Moisture left behind can contribute to future buildup or even mold growth.

6. Regular Maintenance: To maintain a clean rim on your Instant Pot, incorporate regular maintenance into your cleaning routine. Wipe down the rim with a dry cloth after each use to remove any loose particles or oils.

Considering Maintenance and Hygiene

Cleaning the rim of your Instant Pot is just one aspect of maintaining overall cleanliness and hygiene. This section’ll explore additional tips and considerations to ensure your Instant Pot stays in top shape and provides safe and healthy cooking experiences.

1. Regular Deep Cleaning: Besides cleaning the rim, it’s important to periodically deep clean your entire Instant Pot. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for disassembling and cleaning removable parts. Pay special attention to areas that come into direct contact with food, such as the inner pot and sealing ring. Use mild dish soap, warm water, and a non-abrasive sponge or cloth for thorough cleaning.

2. Vinegar or Lemon Juice Solution: To tackle tough stains or odors in your Instant Pot, use vinegar or lemon juice and water. Fill the inner pot with this solution, then run a steam cycle for a few minutes. This can help break down residue and eliminate any lingering odors. Rinse the pot thoroughly afterward to remove any traces of the solution.

3. Proper Storage: After cleaning your Instant Pot, ensure it’s completely dry before storing it. Moisture left inside the pot or in the rim area can contribute to mold or mildew growth. Store the Instant Pot with its lid off to allow air circulation and prevent any potential moisture buildup.

4. Replace Sealing Ring: The sealing ring is crucial in maintaining a secure seal during cooking. Over time, it can absorb odors or become worn out. Regularly inspect the sealing ring and replace it if you notice any signs of damage or a persistent odor, even after thorough cleaning.

5. Hygiene Considerations: In addition to cleaning, practice good hygiene habits when using your Instant Pot. Wash your hands thoroughly before handling food or using the Instant Pot. Avoid cross-contamination by using separate utensils for raw and cooked foods. Regularly sanitize surfaces, such as countertops and cutting boards, to prevent the spread of bacteria.


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Update February 2019 – it’s now a year later and my Instant Pot STILL looks brand new.  I will try to get a new photo in here soon.


Cleaning the rim of your Instant Pot is essential for maintaining optimal performance and ensuring a hygienic cooking experience. By choosing the best tool and employing effective cleaning techniques, you can easily tackle the challenge of cleaning the rim. Remember these key points:

Firstly, evaluate different tools such as silicone brushes, small brushes with bristles, q-tips, or microfiber cloths to find the one that works best for you. Consider factors like effectiveness, ease of use, and compatibility with your Instant Pot’s material.

Secondly, utilize proper techniques by dampening your cleaning tool, cleaning in circular motions, reaching into narrow spaces, and ensuring thorough drying. These techniques will help you achieve a sparkling clean rim and prevent future buildup.

Lastly, don’t forget to incorporate regular maintenance and hygiene practices. Deep clean your Instant Pot periodically, use vinegar or lemon juice solutions for tough stains or odors, and store your Instant Pot properly to avoid moisture-related issues.

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